Telluride Regional Airport
|Telluride Regional Airport|
|IATA: TEX – ICAO: KTEX – FAA LID: TEX
|Owner||Telluride Regional Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||9,078 ft / 2,767 m|
|Sources: airport website and FAA|
Telluride Regional Airport (IATA: TEX, ICAO: KTEX, FAA LID: TEX) is a public use airport located five nautical miles (9 km) west of the central business district of Telluride, a town in San Miguel County, Colorado, United States. It is owned by the Telluride Regional Airport Authority. At an elevation of 9,078 feet (2767 m) above sea level, it is currently the highest commercial airport in North America to receive scheduled passenger airline service. Previously, Lake County Airport in Leadville, Colorado had this distinction as the elevation of this airfield is 9,927 feet. However, Leadville no longer has scheduled air service.
Facilities and aircraft
Telluride Regional Airport covers an area of 542 acres (219 ha) and has one runway designated 9/27 which measures 6,911 by 100 feet (2,106 by 30 m). Located on a plateau, the airport's single runway dips slightly in the center. The runway can be a challenging approach for pilots. During winter months, approximately 20% of the scheduled commuter airline flights end up having to divert to other nearby airports because of abruptly adverse landing conditions. However, this is similar to other mountain airports like Sun Valley which have similar diversion and cancellation statistics. When flying to the Telluride Regional Airport, pilots must be aware of particular situations surrounding the airfield including high terrain exceeding 14,000 feet (4,300 m), as well as the airport's location on a plateau with a thousand-foot (300 m) drop to the San Miguel River below.
For the 12-month period ending April 30, 2007, the airport had 26,709 aircraft operations, an average of 73 per day: 53% air taxi, 35% general aviation and 12% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 42 aircraft based at this airport: 60% single-engine, 21% multi-engine, 7% jet, 2% helicopter and 10% glider.
Historical and Current Airline Service
The airport previously had seasonal nonstop passenger airline service to and from Los Angeles and Phoenix. SkyWest Airlines flew Embraer EMB-120 "Brasilia" turboprop aircraft nonstop to Los Angeles operating as United Express while Mesa Airlines operated de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8 propjets nonstop to Phoenix flying as US Airways Express. StatesWest Airlines also flew nonstop to Laughlin, NV/Bullhead City, AZ with continuing no-change-of-plane service to Los Angeles with Beechcraft 1900C turboprops. Currently, the only passenger air service is provided by Great Lakes Airlines flying Beechcraft 1900D turboprops nonstop to Denver. The airport has never had scheduled passenger airline jet service although business jets do operate into Telluride.
Between April 7 and November 4 of 2009 the Telluride runway was closed for a $24 million runway renovation. The west end of the runway was lowered 30 feet, and the east end 14 ft. The material removed was placed in the center, removing the notorious dip in the middle of the runway. In addition, 41 feet of length was added to the runway and retaining walls were built on the side. Further renovations are planned for the ramp in 2010. These are designed in part to allow larger aircraft to utilize the airport. Additional improvements include a specialized system, an engineered materials arresting system (EMAS), which will safely stop planes from running off the end of the runway.
Airlines and destinations
|Great Lakes Airlines||Denver|
Telluride Regional Airport is the destination in the "Telluride Landing" mission supplied with Microsoft Flight Simulator X.
- FAA TEX
- Airport - Live Local Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for TEX, effective November 14, 2013
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